Judaism for the World Reflections on God, Life, and Love Arthur Green

Publication date:
27 Oct 2020
Yale University Press
408 pages: 235 x 156 x 35mm
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An internationally recognized scholar and theologian shares a Jewish mysticism for our times

Judaism, one of the world’s great spiritual traditions, is not addressed to Jews alone. In this masterful book, Arthur Green calls out to seekers of all sorts, offering a universal response to the eternal human questions of who we are, why we exist, where we are going, and how to live.
Drawing on over half a century as a Jewish seeker and teacher, he shows us a Judaism that cultivates the life of the spirit, that inspires an inward journey leading precisely toward self-transcendence, to an awareness of the universal Self in whose presence we exist. As a neo-hasidic seeker, he is both devotional and boldly questioning in his understanding of God and tradition. Engaging with the mystical sources, he translates the insights of the Hasidic masters into a new religious language accessible to all those eager to build an inner life and a human society that treasures the divine spark in each person and throughout Creation.

Arthur Green is the Irving Brudnick Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Hebrew College and rector of the Rabbinical School, which he founded in 2004.

“With a precise, poetic simplicity and a quality of judicious wonder, Arthur Green addresses the reader directly and unceremoniously. This book encompasses a lifetime of impressive scholarship and deep human experience, sustained by a radical awareness of the eternal and the transcendent.”—Avivah Zornberg, author of Moses: A Human Life

“Arthur Green draws on a lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and activism to offer unparalleled insights and rare depths of soul. Written by a spiritual master, this book constitutes a religious classic that will inform and inspire all who open its pages.”—David Ellenson, Hebrew Union College

"Judaism for the World is a singular work of theological reflection, speaking with personal directness to contemporary Jews seeking an honest, spiritual Judaism in a Neo-Hasidic mode. Arthur Green has distilled a lifetime of study and practice into a powerful, autobiographical voice. Every word is wrought with integrity."—Michael Fishbane, University of Chicago

“This beautifully written book demonstrates Green’s unique ability to share the depths of scholarly knowledge in ways that are both personal and poetic, both deep and accessible."—Melila Hellner-Eshed, Hebrew University

“Green challenges traditional notions of God, Israel, and Torah, offering a radically new understanding and stimulating the reader to join him in a journey of discovery.”—Daniel Matt, Graduate Theological Union